Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Zalto Slim Line

Warning: High geek factor!!!!

About a month ago a good friend served me some nice wines in the Zalto Burgundy glass. I am confident this glass has to be my favourite wine glass of all wine glasses, simply because it’s the glass I wash up mostly. For the type of wines I drink this glass brings out - like no other - aromatic beauty, zippy freshness and superb handling.

Back to my good friend, who was kind to pour me some Chambolle-Musigny from Pacalet in this glass, which I quickly discovered had quite a significant profile than I was used to. The difference was the weight and far slimmer stem. The handling was stunning – even better than the glass I already considered close to perfection.

Things is – when the glass is as light as this, it’s really more about the wine than the glass, because you feel so close to the wine. With this ultra slim stem, the glass feel like a really tight, vibrant and energetic bow ready to show its arrow.  

Being the glass geek I am, I had to know more about this glass and this line in general. Was it just a result of individual hand made glasses or had Zalto in fact changed something?

I contacted them and immediately received a reply back with the message;  Zalto are always trying to make their glasses better and it could very well be that my “old” glasses was higher in weight". They also wrote that there are limits on how light they go, because the glass will become unstable and eventual break.

Now that reply was enough for me to make a reservation on a six-pack (don’t tell my wife) with a small desire of Zalto selecting the thinnest stems available.

4 days later the package arrived with 6 perfect Zalto Burgundy glasses. Now I have tried all 6 glasses since and they are absolutely brilliant.

Now I have never weighed my glasses, but borrow my mother in law baking weight to see how light these beauties were. The 6 new Zalto Burgundy glasses I received ranged from 111g <> 122g, where my old Zalto Burgundy ranges from 158g <> 200g.

Other glasses and their weight (I haven’t weighed all of them, but in general the number refers to the lightest glass I have)  

Spiegelau Adina Burgundy: 155g
Riedel Sommeliers "Burgundy Grand Cru": 212g
Spiegelau Willsberger collection "Burgundy": 205g
Zalto Bordeaux: 157g
Zalto Champagne: 88g

I think was all from the Geek-cave. 

Take care out there ;-).